Christ the King Church
195A Brandon Road
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Parish Newsletter
May 12, 2021
Staying Connected
Feast of the Ascension of the Lord
Sunday, May 16
A Letter from our Pastor ~ Fr. Paulson
Dear Friends,

I want to thank you for your prayers for India, and your concern for my family. My family is doing well, by the grace of God. What is happening in India is a catastrophic tragedy. I was planning to visit India in early August, which I have canceled. I needed to go to India to resolve estate issues arising from the death of Archbishop Dominic and Fr. Mathew Vellankal, to carry out the court mandate.

Reports of people struggling to find hospital beds, dying due to lack of oxygen or not being able to procure life-saving drugs have invited legitimate criticism from the national and international press. Grief is a powerful emotion. In Gujarat the sons of a woman who lost the Covid battle tried to set the hospital on fire. In Maharashtra, relatives gathered in anger at a hospital after the death of 7 patients, blaming the doctors for the lack of oxygen supply. There is real fear today. The country is in complete meltdown. The complacency that ‘it doesn’t happen to us’ has finally been pricked.

Amid thousands dying daily of COVID-19, even in rural areas of India, the pandemic has taken a heavy toll on church leaders. Dozens of priests, scores of nuns and hundreds of laypeople have died during the second surge since mid-April. Bishop Basil Bhuriya, 65, of Jhabua became the first serving bishop victim of COVID-19 when he died at St. Francis Hospital at Indore the 6th of May. He was ordained a bishop 5 years ago. Retired Archbishop Antony Anandarayar of Pondicherry died May 4 of COVID-19. Close to my own home in India, the Thrissur Archdiocese was stunned when half a dozen retired priests died during the May 1 - 2 weekend of COVID-19.

Please continue to keep our brothers and sisters in India, Sri Lanka and other adjoining countries in your prayer. Thank you so much for your compassion and love. It is always the poor who takes the brunt of every tragedy including this one. They have given up on hospitals and medicine, and left everything in the hands of the Almighty.

Archbishop Cordileone made national and international news when he stated that "those who reject the teaching of the Church on the sanctity of human life and those who do not seek to live in accordance with that teaching should not receive the Eucharist." The archbishop spoke directly to Catholics in public life on this topic, urging them to "please stop pretending that advocating for or practicing a grave moral evil—one that snuffs out an innocent human life, one that denies a fundamental human right—is somehow compatible with the Catholic faith. It is not."

Bishop Robert McElroy, in a statement published Wednesday by the Jesuit magazine America, assailed the campaign to exclude Biden and other like-minded Catholic officials from Communion. “It will bring tremendously destructive consequences,” McElroy wrote. “The Eucharist is being weaponized and deployed as a tool in political warfare. This must not happen.”

The differing viewpoints of the two bishops exemplify how divisive this issue can be even among Catholics here and outside. Some of you have spoken to me about how you agree or disagree for various reasons. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the Vatican has urged the U.S. bishops to proceed with caution in their discussions about formulating a national policy "to address the situation of Catholics in public office who support legislation allowing abortion, euthanasia or other moral evils."

Cardinal Luis Ladaria, congregational prefect, reiterated that "the effective development of a policy in this area requires that dialogue occurs in two stages: first among the bishops themselves, and then between bishops and Catholic pro-choice politicians within their jurisdictions." The cardinal also suggested the discussion "would best be framed within the broad context of worthiness for the reception of holy Communion on the part of all the faithful, rather than only one category of Catholics, reflecting their obligation to conform their lives to the entire Gospel of Jesus Christ as they prepare to receive the sacrament."                           
 
God bless our Church!                                                                                   

Fr. Paulson
Weekly Church Bulletin
Over the Weekend


Through the Sacrament of Baptism

We welcomed Reese St. Roch to our
Christ the King and St. Stephen Family.

Parents: Michelle and Josh

Congratulations!
Thank You
Dear Fr. Paulson, Fr. Timoney, Fr. Lee, and Parishioners;

Thank you to everyone who attended or viewed my 70th Jubilee Liturgy at Christ The King Church on May 2nd. I am most grateful for the congratulations cards, greetings and gifts. I appreciated the 10:45am choir for their wonderful singing. Blessings to all who made it a special occasion.
~Sr. Joanne Clare Gallagher
Email Scam Alert
Emails have continued to be sent out pretending to be Fr. Paulson requesting a favor, or sometimes to buy gift cards for him or asking for a special request. These emails are a scam! Please do not respond to them. You can report these fraudulent emails to the Federal Trade Commission by clicking here
Car Donations
Donate your Car, Truck, Boat,
RV or Motorcycle
Running or Not!! Tax Deductible!
 
Christ the King Parish has teamed up with Car Donations Services, Inc. to provide you with the easiest way possible to donate your vehicle whether it is running or not! Get rid of that unneeded vehicle and receive a tax deduction! It’s easy! Call 1-888-686-4483 or click here
CTK Music Ministry - Virtual Music Video

Enjoy a virtual CTK music ministry video directed by Angela Borba in honor of Mother's Day. "Behold - A Mother's Day Meditation." You can view the video by clicking here.
Weekly Reflections on Sunday Readings
Feast of the Ascension of the Lord
Welcome to our weekly reflections on
the Sunday Scriptures.

The apostles themselves had a hard time accepting the death of Jesus. Then, they got him back! And now he’s leaving them again.  Read More
News From Our Diocese
Mass Schedule
Weekday Mass
9am - Monday - Friday Indoors/Church
(9am Masses will continue to be livestreamed)
6pm - Thursdays - Indoors/Church

Weekend Masses:
Saturday
9am - Indoors/Church
4pm - Indoors

Sunday
7:30am - Indoors/Church
9am,10:30am - Remains Outdoors
12 noon (Spanish) - Indoors
4pm - Indoors
(Saturday 4pm and Sunday 9am Mass will be livestreamed)
Mass Reminders

Outdoor Masses: Please bring your own chairs.
Masks are required.
Services will be held inside if it rains.

If you wish to stay in your car, you can tune into FM 106.7
Or watch from your smart phone/tablet:
Wifi ID: CTK Streaming -
Password: outdoor1
Song Sheet for Mass - May 15/16 Here
Spanish Mass Worship Aide/Guía de Adoración Here
Readings for Sunday Mass Here
Links to our services (live or archived) can be found at ctkph.org
or clicking the images below
Ongoing Services:
Drive-Thru Communion, Mass, Holy Rosary, Sacrament of Reconciliation
Drive-Thru
Holy Communion

Every Sunday
11:30am to 12 noon
In front of the church
Sacrament of Reconciliation

Private Confessions will continue every Saturday from
3pm to 3:30pm

Please meet in front of the church
Thursdays, 6pm - Indoor Mass
Honoring Our Mother of Perpetual Help
During the month of May we will say the rosary in church 20 minutes before mass begins.

Worship Aide Here
5:40pm - Holy Rosary
Livestreamed on Facebook

Mondays, Tuesdays,
Wednesdays and Fridays
St. Stephen Church - Masses
St. Stephen Church
1101 Keaveny Ct.
Walnut Creek 94597

Saturday - Mass 5pm - Indoors/Church
Sunday - Mass at 9:30am - Indoors/Church
Worship Aide: Here

Masses at St. Stephen are now being live-streamed on the St. Stephen Facebook page. If you are unable to attend with us in person, please join us through Facebook. A link is on our web site: saintstephenparish.org.
Thank You for Your Continued Financial Support to CTK and St. Stephen Church
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Paper Checks
Can be sent directly to:
Christ the King Church
195A Brandon Rd.
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Offertory Envelopes and
Paper Checks
Can be sent directly to:
St. Stephen Church
1101 Keaveny Ct.
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Our Lady of Fatima
Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima
May 13

O Most Holy Virgin Mary,
Queen of the most holy Rosary,
you were pleased to appear
to the children of Fatima
and reveal a glorious message.
We implore you,
inspire in our hearts a fervent love
for the recitation of the Rosary.
By meditating on the mysteries of the redemption
that are recalled therein
may we obtain the graces and virtues that we ask,
through the merits of Jesus Christ,
our Lord and Redeemer.
Amen
"To Hear the Gospel and Make a Difference"